New Year 7s take over for the summer at BACA

Some people say the transition from primary to secondary school is one of the most challenging a student has to make. Not for these kids.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy is a truly a pioneering school – working with Enabling Enterprise and together with the other Aldridge Academies on a range of exciting projects. For the last two years we have worked with all the Aldridge Academies, engaging over 3,000 students in a Social Enterprise Challenge and Business Challenge as part of Global Entrepreneurship week. The days have been so successful that the collaboration has now become an annual event! We also decided to build on our partnership with BACA even further, developing a two week programme for them which we ran this summer.

In summer 2011-12, as part of the DfE funded Summer School Programme, BACA and Enabling Enterprise piloted ‘The Summer Biz Camp’ to prepare Year 7 for the challenges and opportunities of secondary school and give them a crash course in business and enterprise. This is their story.

Summer Biz Camp:
Over the first week, the twenty students took on a series of challenges to boost their confidence, communication skills, creativity, organisation and leadership qualities before jumping into the world of business. In the second week, they developed their own business projects, which they launched at a fair: the grand finale of the programme. This offered students to stretch their sales muscles, make real money and see the tangible outcomes of their work. Along the way, they got to know about life at their new secondary school from the year 8 ambassadors, make new friends, and enjoy learning through taking the lead on their enterprise projects.

Each day started with warm-up games where students honed their teamwork skills, helping the teams bond and learn to work together. To put their projects into action, each of the four-strong teams created their team name and logo as part of a branding exercise, before coming up with their enterprise ideas which ranged from car washing, to bespoke smoothies and bric-a-brac! The teams then put together a pricing plan and business strategy to get their enterprise off to a flying start.

At the end of the week it was action stations! The teams set up stalls at the Summer Biz Fair, and had an afternoon of trading where parents, carers and siblings, staff and other passers-by came along to sample the products and services on offer – the winning team Tubbs taking over £25 in the first half hour! The final day gave the students an opportunity to reflect on their team’s successes and work on their presentation skills by pitching to volunteers from local organisation, Family Investments.

The Impact:
The Enabling Enterprise Summer Biz Camp provided the new BACA students with a fun, engaging opportunity to take the lead on their own projects as an introduction to working with their new year 7 cohort and get a feel for their new school. Through participating in the Camp, the students entered Year 7 with the confidence gained from working with peers they had never met in successfully putting together their own enterprises, and having familiarised themselves with their new school environment.
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